Merion set to make new memories for today’s golfers

Champions Tour - 2005 3M Championship - Second Round
Bill Rogers finished in a tie for second at the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion.

The name Merion was special to Bill Rogers and George Burns long before they battled it out in the 1981 U.S. Open and tied for second behind David Graham.

Now, 32 years later, they hope nothing will change when the pros tee it up for the 2013 Open next week.

“The first Open I played in was the ’71 Open at Merion,” said Rogers, then a sophomore at Houston. “I look back on that quite fondly because it kind of validated the next step for me was playing professionally.

“I have not been back since ’81. I hope they haven’t had to change it so much it lost its personality. That first teeing area was so close to the club, I remember teeing it up next to someone eating a sandwich.”

Burns had played Merion prior to ’81 before getting a first-hand view of Graham’s final round 67. He immediately loved the place and hopes that affection will be rekindled among today’s players.

“It’s one of the most traditional golf courses, with so much history,” said Burns. “I think the history there kind of puts you in a bit of a cloud. I think it will be a good tournament. I hope it plays hard and fast for them. I don’t want them to shoot the place up.”

Rogers, the 1981 Player of the Year, is confident the USGA won’t let that happen.

“I know the USGA will want it fast and running,” said the 61-year-old Rogers. “I remember the greens as treacherous. Just a real challenge. But the golf course, barring any weather events, can hold its own. They’ll figure out how to make par a great score, for sure.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.